On this day: August 5

Published On: Jul 19 2013 05:59:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The Mayflower departs England, the first electric traffic signal is installed, Marilyn Monroe dies, the Beatles release "Revolver," and President Reagan fires striking air-traffic controllers, all on this day.

OTD August 5 - Alec Guinness
6 / 42
Allan warren/Wikimedia Commons

2000: English actor Alec Guinness, best known for his roles in movies such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Lawrence of Arabia," "Doctor Zhivago," "A Passage to India" and "Star Wars," dies of liver cancer at age 86 in Midhurst, West Sussex, England. Guinness won an Academy Award for Best Actor for "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and was also nominated for Oscars his acting roles in "The Lavender Hill Mob," "Star Wars" and "Little Dorrit" as well as for the screenplay for 1958's "The Horse's Mouth."

Upload Photos / Videos